30th June 2018
Arnaud Le Texier
Nicolas Bougaïeff & Narciss
Glance Of Medusa
It was Mick Jones, Punk-Rock Icon and guitarist of The Clash, who once said that Punk only lasted for 100 days. Though what tends to be amiss in that statement is, what came afterwards.
After the birth of a new chapter, what is to be expected once you turn the page?
The Second Movement. A natural evolution of what has been established.
On it’s next compilation, SEELEN. once again brings together a mob of likeminded musicians for a collection of eight tracks to realize it’s unique vision of Techno.
Ostgut-Ton regular Fiedel offers up the first piece on the record, Troll Bait. A dry love-letter to Acid, that seems clear-cut in the best way until it’s tempo starts to progressively pitch down at the halfway mark.Labelhead JANEIN takes up some clear inspiration from early trance records and contributes Apollo. An absolutely shredding nihilistic Techno Anthem, leaving nothing but scorchmarks in it’s wake. The record settles down on a few subtler notes, with Arnaud Le Texier delivering his signature hypnotism on Decryptage, yet still adapting to SEELEN. by letting sharp-as-knives hihats cut through the mist and Nicolas Bougaïeff & Narciss collaborating on Appendix. A minimalistic take on Big Room Techno, that contrasts it’s huge Synthline with Polyrhythms and breakbeats. Stanislav Tolkachev contributes undoubtedly the compilation’s most experimental piece. A modular techno cut, titled Chords, containing only a breakbeat kickdrum and a note progression that keeps misplacing and rediscovering it’s tune. The Compilation does not lose it’s footing though, and rebalances itself with three high pressure club weapons.
Stigmatique’s Unholy Description shows absolutely typical SEELEN. style, with it’s thrashing pace, absurdly hard hitting drums and kickdrum frenzy in the breakdown, Verschwender unpacks the second huge Techno anthem on this compilation with the title Luzifer Mob, a chugging monster of a track taking cues from mid 90s techno tools, and Monovsn goes full warehouse shaman on Glance Of Medusa, with booming kickdrums and crunchy percussion interlaced with menacing synth-shivers.
So in the end, who cares if someone said Punk lasted for 100 days.
The Second Movement is always stronger than the first.
Full Track Streaming:
JANEIN – “Apollo”
Fiedel – “Berghain 08”
JANEIN – “Oecus Podcast 096”
Arnaud Le Texier – “Reptilian Transmission #24”
Nicolas Bougaïeff – “Egg London Podcast 117”
Narciss – “Con.trol Podcast 27”
Stanislav Tolkachev – “Dekmantel Podcast 177”
Stigmatique – “Owt’s Podcast 117”
Verschwender – “Or Room present…”
Monovsn – “at Tresor | Berlin 31.01.18”
Verschwender’s “Selection 002” on Voxnox Records
Nicolas Bougaïeff’s album “Les Sauvageries” on Denkfabrik
Seelen @ Bandcamp
Seelen Records @ Facebook